"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Monday, December 10, 2018

Candy Canes in Oil Pastel

I first posted this lesson way back in 2011 HERE.
It's a great lesson in shading and how to turn a shape into a 3D looking form. 
On scrap paper, Grade 7 - 9 students drew a candy cane shape- most said this was the hardest step!
They then traced it onto grey construction paper and added diagonal stripes.

They use white to add a strong highlight in the middle and then blend away with their chosen colours. This year so many of my students went with the classic red and green colour scheme for some reason.
Once finished, these were cut out and glued onto black paper. 

Some of the Grade 7 - 9 results:

Monday, November 26, 2018

4th Grade Snow Angel Portraits

Winter is currently full on where I live in Canada so it's time to start busting out the winter themed art lessons! This is a project I did with my Grade 4 classes last year. I found the idea HERE on the amazing Deep Space Sparkle site. I modified the lesson a bit so it's more of a drawing lesson. 

I asked my students to draw themselves on white paper, then colour in using coloured pencils. These were then carefully cut out.

On separate paper they painted the outline of a snow angel using turquoise and 
white tempera mixed to create a value change. Once dry, the figures were glued on top. 
Finally, they added snowflake decorations in the background with a fine tip light blue marker. 

Super adorable Grade 4 results!


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Leaf Prints with Sponged Backgrounds

This is one of my all-time favourite Fall projects. The only problem where I live is that our fall is so brief and we also don't have a huge variety of leaves to choose from near my school; we have mostly aspens. In this case, I ask the students to bring leaves from their backyards as some have a wider variety of interesting leaves to choose from. We have a park nearby so I pick some fresh leaves the morning of the project for kids who need them. It's best to use freshly fallen leaves that are still flexible. 

I've posted about this project previously HERE, where you can see all the steps. 

Grade 8 students start by making leaf prints on black paper using white tempera.  
This takes some practice so have lots of scrap paper ready. The next class, when the prints are dry, students colour in the black spaces of the leaves using pencil crayons. 

Then, using tempera, they choose colours to sponge print in the background. The can use one colour or mix colours. We use a combination of mini natural sponges that I bu in the craft section of Walmart or round bristle brushes for smaller spaces. The students just use these to stipple the paint onto the background. 

Some of the Grade 7 - 9 results:

close up detail

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Spooky Moonlit Branches

This is a great spooky Halloween project that I did with a mixed elective class of Gr. 4 - 6 this year.
I found the initial project HERE.

Students choose blue or purple construction paper- they draw on a large full moon and colour it with white or yellow chalk pastels. Then they fill in the background with cool colours and black and blend it all together with a paper towel. Then, using black tempera paint, they painted on a tree branch. We had previously practiced drawing bare branched trees so they were pretty confident drawing these.

The last step is to add a highlight to the tops of the branches using 
white chalk or a white coloured pencil. 

I'm lucky to have a roll laminator in my room so I try to laminate chalk pastel projects.

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